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Air Jordan 34 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$179.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
10/2019
Outdoor Rating:
25%
# of Reviews:
7
Traction
9.3
Cushion
9.6
Material
8.3
Support
8.8
Fit
9.0
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Super bouncy cushioning
  • Herringbone traction stops on a dime

CONS:

  • Expensive retail price

Summary of 7 Expert Reviews:

With the XXXIV, Jordan Brand decided to take less inspiration from their retros and instead focus on providing a lightweight, top-notch performer. Did they succeed? The traction of the AJ34 features a herringbone traction pattern that works well in all conditions. The cushioning isn't as plush as in previous models, but it's also much less clunky and provides a fun, well-balanced ride. The materials aren't super-premium, but they are flexible, lightweight and breathable. Even though the AJ34 is much lighter than other Air Jordans, support and stability don't suffer because of the wide and stable base and the Eclipse plate in the midfoot. Overall, the Air Jordan 34 is a great performer and by far the best Air Jordan since the AJ29!
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Expert Reviews of the Air Jordan 34:

9.4
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This is the best Air Jordan game shoe since the Air Jordan XX9. They fit well, respond perfectly and the cushioning is amazing.
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9.2
PureKicks
The Air Jordan 34 is the highest-rated sneaker in the history of our youtube channel Perfect fit, perfect cushioning and near-perfect traction. It literally does everything well!
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
I love playing in the AJ 34. This shoe feels like a Ferrari!
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9.0
RicheeKim
This is the best performing Jordan model in the last few years - definitely worth the $180 price tag! This shoe is super fun to play in and should work for big guys as well as guards.
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8.8
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Combining fantastic cushioning, great traction, and a streamlined look - the Air Jordan 34 is worthy of the GOAT.
8.8
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Jordan 34 is easily my favorite basketball sneaker of 2019! This shoe feels like a direct successor to my favorite shoe ever, the AJ 29.
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8.8
Schwollo
Finally, a new Jordan that does everything well and gets JB fans excited again! If you are looking for new hoops shoes, these are a safe bet because it performs well in every category, except price.
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Traction of the Air Jordan 34:

9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Give it a little break-in time and the herringbone traction pattern will provide a stop-on-a-dime type of grip.
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9.0
PureKicks
The AJ34 has low-to-zero dust collection grips the floor really well.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction is really good on clean courts. On dusty courts, you just need a slight wipe occasionally.
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10.0
RicheeKim
The traction is amazing, especially after the break-in period. I didn't really experience any issues even on dusty courts. Probably the best traction on a Jordan model in a long time.
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
On four different courts, dirty and clean, the 34 was sticky stuck.
9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I would give the tacky rubber and the herringbone traction pattern and A-. On some courts, I had to wipe from time to time, but usually, I was able to stop on a dime!
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9.0
Schwollo
The thin, flexible, and slightly modified herringbone traction pattern works well on all floor conditions.

Cushion of the Air Jordan 34:

10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This is the best Zoom Air experience I've ever had! The 10mm unit in the forefoot is springy and responsive and the 14mm Hex Zoom in the heel provides a lot of impact protection.
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10.0
PureKicks
The supersized unlocked Zoom bags in the forefoot and the heel provide you with great responsiveness, court feel, and impact protection.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The cushioning feels incredible! The entire forefoot feels super bouncy and the heel-to-toe transition is nice and smooth. Heel compression and court feel could have been a little better.
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10.0
RicheeKim
The Zoom unit in the forefoot is super nice: very bouncy and feels awesome.
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
This is the best unlocked Zoom experience since the AJ28.
10.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The huge forefoot Zoom unit feels super springy. This is in the top-3 cushion setups that I've ever used!
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9.0
Schwollo
The Zoom cushioning isn't as plush as in other shoes, but if you want a very well-balanced and fun overall set up, you’ll really like these.

Materials of the Air Jordan 34:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The materials are not exactly premium, but they are lightweight, flexible and breathable.
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9.0
PureKicks
The overall Mesh construction is super breathable and lightweight but still feels supportive enough for a performance basketball shoe.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are lightweight and super breathable but don't feel very premium in-hand.
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8.0
RicheeKim
The full Mesh upper doesn't feel very premium but works without a flaw and is super lightweight.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The materials are nice and get the job done, but they are nothing special.
8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The synthetic upper is very well ventilated and super lightweight. But some players might look for a more sturdy upper.
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8.0
Schwollo
The upper materials look cheap but play fine. It's strong and flexible but looks somehow unfinished to me.

Support of the Air Jordan 34:

9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The large heel counter provides exceptional lockdown and the Eclipse plate gives you just enough torsional rigidity. Even though this is the lightest Air Jordan so far, it's also one of the more supportive
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8.0
PureKicks
The support features are pretty standard but they come together really nicely with the great lacing system.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
There is no slippage on lateral cuts or in the heel. Overall, support is incredible!
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9.0
RicheeKim
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement on the footbed, and no lateral or linear instabilities. This shoe has you covered!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Great lockdown and no side-to-side sliding off of the footbed.
8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Your foot sits pretty high on the eclipse plate and the upper materials is very thin and could be a little more supportive.
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9.0
Schwollo
The Eclipse plate in the midfoot and the flat and wide base provide a ton of support and stability. The higher cut doesn't add much because the material is really thin and flexible.

Fit of the Air Jordan 34:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traditional lacing system allows you to adjust the fit to your feet easily.
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10.0
PureKicks
The fit was perfect! The lacing system really conforms to your feet and the elastic padded tongue is super comfortable.
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8.0
RicheeKim
Overall the fit is really good, but there is some dead space in the toe box area, especially if you really crank down the laces in the forefoot.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
After a few wears, the upper feels like an extension of your foot.

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Because the rubber is pretty thin you may run into some durability issues outdoors.
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fair
PureKicks
The grooves aren't super deep and won't last forever.
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fair
The Sole Brothers
Probably not the best option for outdoor use, but occasional use should be okay.
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no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I wouldn't use the AJ34 outdoors as the pattern is thin and the rubber is soft.

Width of the Air Jordan 34:

regularly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Even as a wide-footer I felt like this shoe was made for me.
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regularly wide
PureKicks
Regular.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Pretty snug in the toe area but conforms nicely to wider feet.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
I didn't have any problems as a slightly wide-footer.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
The shape of your toes will determine if you need to go a half size up.

Size of the Air Jordan 34:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I went true to size and that is what I would recommend for most people.
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true to size
PureKicks
Go true to size.
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½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Runs a little long. You can go down half a size if you have narrow feet, go true to size if you have regular to wide feet.
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true to size
RicheeKim
Go true to size, even if you have slightly wide feet.
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½ size small
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I had to go up a half size.
true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Most people want to go true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
I had my normal finger width of space at the toe box with true to size.
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